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Dec 22, 2014

On Asking for Help

There’s a pretty standard part of every recovery story, and it’s certainly a part of mine: that time when you hit bottom, realize you’re screwed, and then finally become ready to seek help. What happened to me was that I had built up a serious belief system in my head; the main message was, “This […]

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Nov 30, 2014

On Momentum and Doing the Simple Things

See if this sounds familiar: I am sitting here thinking of this really big, important, kind of overwhelming, scary, exciting thing I’m supposed to be doing … and I’m deciding to do something else. In my case, the big thing is a book proposal for an agent who asked to see it. This is like […]

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Nov 16, 2014

On Motivations, and Honesty With Self

The other day I was headed into a conversation with a friend, when I caught myself getting excited about one particular thing we might be talking about: drama involving other people. Basically, this friend of mine is involved in a situation which I have avoided because of its high potential for drama, but then I […]

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Nov 09, 2014

Recovery Share: Thoughts On Catastrophizing

One of the amazing things about how my mind works, or doesn’t, is its ability to catastrophize. I don’t know how common that word is outside of recovery circles, so I’ll explain briefly. This month I had a $150 expense which I forgot to account for, so a couple days ago when I thought I […]

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Oct 19, 2014

Recovery Share: Oh, Those Character Defects

I was in a meeting the other night where Step 6 was the topic, and when the book came around, this is what I got to read: In reality, many of our lives were full of strife. It felt like life was a war—us against them. There was a fierce competition for power, wealth, ideas, […]

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Oct 12, 2014

Me and My Skeptic

The only thing I remember from my first 12-step meeting is a feeling. Before the meeting, I was scared, confused, embarrassed, and depressed. But in the meeting, I felt that I was in the right place. There really was no thought associated with it, other than “These people are like me, and they are sober, […]

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Sep 21, 2014

Recovery Share: When Pills Really are the Answer

Even before I got into recovery, I always had a serious aversion to taking pills. I can’t say exactly what it was about, considering all the other toxic crap I put into my system. All I know is that pills, along with needles and anything that went up my nose, always freaked me out – […]

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Jun 23, 2014

(Re)Finding Recovery on the Road

Every now and then I get tired of 12 Step World. It might be depression getting to me, or laziness, or more often I start putting personalities ahead of principles. “I don’t want to go to that meeting, because I’m tired of those people.” A good way to stop going to meetings for a while, […]

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May 28, 2014

Recovery Share: Getting a Better Map

I’ve been reading this book called The Spirituality of Imperfection, and after a long, mildly annoying Part 1, it immediately gave me a great insight at the start of Part 2. (Recovery lesson: don’t quit before the miracle!) The insight came in the form of an analogy, which I will paraphrase and re-state here: A […]

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May 20, 2014

A Step 3 Prayer

Higher Power, … Grant me honesty, courage, humility, and serenity, to face that which keeps me from you and others. — Life With Hope, p. 13 I once spent hours going through this prayer with my sponsor. What strikes me about it is that we don’t ask our Higher Power to keep us sober, or […]

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